Toeing the party line

Who will be the next Prime Minister? In five days, that question will be answered. Well, it might be answered. Hopefully we will know within the week. In a federal election do you vote for the candidate or for a political party? Unlike in a municipal election – and to some degree the provincial election, voting party over the person is usually the case leaving local candidates with little influence. In the election candidates mostly go unnoticed. A federal campaign is comprised of roughly 2,000 people across the country who put their names on the ballot in one of 338 electoral districts. These individuals are representatives of party interests. We really never know if they have opinions that differ from their parties or what their policies are on local issues.

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